The Illinois Department of Public Health put together a list of frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination for children and teenagers.
Information includes vaccine safety, the latest approval information, possible side effects and more.
“Getting the Care You Need: A Guide for People with Disabilities” aims to empower patients with disabilities by explaining their rights to accessible care.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides this resource. It is available in multiple languages, including:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has developed the Coverage to Care (C2C) initiative. C2C provides information to help you understand your health coverage and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for you.
Resources are provided in multiple languages and on topics including:
- Five steps for making the most of your health coverage
- Telehealth services
- A step-by-step roadmap to health
- A companion roadmap to behavioral health
- Videos on maximizing your health coverage
“How to Support a Child with Epilepsy: Information for Parents” from HealthyChildren.org, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ parenting website, provides tips for encouraging and supporting a child with epilepsy from infancy to adulthood. Topics include:
- Recognizing and treating seizures as early as possible
- Talking to your child’s doctor
- Discussing epilepsy openly and honestly with your child and others
- Finding childcare
- Teens with epilepsy
- Transitioning to adulthood
Additional resources for explaining epilepsy to others, building a care notebook, asking your medical team questions and what to do if your child has a seizure are also available.
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to kids 5 years old and up. To help you prepare for your child’s vaccination, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides information about the vaccine and a step-by-step checklist of questions or other health-related topics you may want to discuss with your child’s pediatrician or primary care doctor when scheduling your vaccine appointment.
Hearing about epilepsy and seizures for the first time can be frightening and confusing. The Epilepsy Foundation’s “New to Seizures and Epilepsy Toolkit” provides a starting point for individuals, parents and caregivers to learn about:
- What epilepsy is
- Available resources
- How to make the most of doctors’ visits
- How to take control of seizures
Individual fact sheets on topics including seizure first aid and developing your own seizure response plan are also available. All materials are available in English and Spanish.
Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that builds costumes for children and youth in wheelchairs at no cost to families.
To be eligible for a Magic Wheelchair costume, a child must be between the ages of 5 and 17 and primarily use a wheelchair for mobility.
Safe2Help Illinois offers students a safe, confidential way to share information that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence or other threats to school safety. The program is focused on getting students to “Seek Help Before Harm.”
Recognizing that not all students may feel safe talking to their parents, teachers, coaches or mentors, students can use a free app, text/phone, website (Safe2HelpIllinois.com) and other social media platforms to confidentially report school safety issues and seek help before harming themselves or others.
The Safe2Help website provides guidance, tips and multi-media materials for children, teens, parents and educators on topics including:
- The role and actions of a trusted adult
- Ways to get help
- Encouraging others
- Helping someone online
- Suicide prevention
Well-child visits and recommended vaccinations are essential and help make sure children stay healthy.
Families have been doing their part by staying at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, many children have missed check-ups and recommended childhood vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a website with information for families and those who care for children to help them catch up on missed vaccinations.
The site includes fact sheets, posters, social media templates, and sample newsletter articles to encourage caregivers to get back on track with childhood vaccinations in:
igrow is the Illinois symbol for quality evidence-based home visiting services to expectant parents and families with new babies and young children.
igrow home visiting provides family support and coaching to young parents who may be inexperienced and often do not have family support. Trained professionals are matched with families based on each family’s needs.